The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities are diverse. So too are the experiences and understandings of individuals in these communities. There are many different ways in which individuals express their gender identity, sexuality and sense of belonging.

The experiences of GLBTI people are also influenced by cultural backgrounds, socio economic status, ethnicity, geographical location, Aboriginality, ability, religious beliefs, families and the communities in which they live. Attitudes to issues related to people of diverse sexuality and gender have changed significantly in Australia over the past 30 years. Currently, legal equality is recognised in most areas of legislation for GLBTI people.

There is also much evidence to suggest that tolerance towards people of diverse sexualities and genders has also improved
over this time. However, discrimination, violence and harassment of GLBTI people continue within our communities.

Research reports confirm that people who are or are perceived to be same sex attracted or genderdiverse experience disproportionate levels of violence and harassment compared to the general population.

Research also tells us that a significant proportion of this harassment and violence occurs in schools

* writing: themselves in again: 6 years on: The 2nd national report on the sexual health and well-being of same sex attracted young people in Australia.

If you are experiencing bullying, harassment or violence at work due to your gender identity or sexuality contact

Federation’s Communication room on 1300 654 367, or your local Federation Organiser for advice.


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Victor van der Meer

Founder & Director of My Rainbow Net Pty. Ltd.

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